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Horse -increase respiration, cough. Vet coming.

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    Horse -increase respiration, cough. Vet coming.

    So last weekend had just got on my horse, I was warming my horse up at trot when his breathing became quite audible, and an occasional cough. I dismounted and talked to the BM/Trainer who lunged him and thought it may be due to allergies so we put him on an allergy supplement. Since there hasn't been any improvement we called vet who's coming out this morning. BM/trainer noticed his respirations are up when he came in this morning, no fever that we know of and is eating fine. He's 21. Curious if anyone here has encountered anything similar. Of course my mind is going from it's nothing to something catastrophic. I've had him since he was 4. My heart horse. thanks.

    just here with JINGLES & AO for your gentleman ~

    ((hugs)) for his worried owner ~

    Zu Zu Bailey " IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE ! "


      Something similar but no labored breathing because my horse is retired (he is 26) and doesn’t know the meaning of work anymore. He does have environmental allergies that get worse this time of year when the chemicals change in plants. He sometimes eats things he shouldn’t.

      He developed a cough that kept getting worse. I have an intercom at the barn and around 2:00 AM, he would start coughing until he almost turned himself inside out and the cough eventually became much more frequent. No fever but did have occasional white snot.

      My equine chiro is a vet who has also spent the last 20 years studying Chinese medicine and herbs.

      After a good exam, she decided to put him on an herbal blend from Dr. Xie. He stayed on it for thirty days and it has helped to about 95%. I had also been wetting his night hay down and he had stopped coughing altogether. Then I had cataract surgery and was not allowed in the barn for quite awhile; DH was doing the feeding——

      The herbal blend that was helping him was Dr. Xie’s “Concentrated Schisandra 5; if nothing else helps your horse

      Benedryl has never done anything for my horse and and anything prescription has always made a nut job out of him. He’s been in Dr. Xie’s herbs for various things they the years and they have never amped him up or made him nervous & jumpy.

      If your horse is on pasture, has weeds in his run area, or a new load of hay came in the barn, right when he started getting the coughs, I would look at one of those as the culprit


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        Vet came out and did ultrasound - and scratched his head. Heart appears enlarged. he's grey and has melanomas so we're concerned there is a malignant process going on here. He's such a good boy. This will so hard.


          ((hugs)) laced with strength & patience ~

          Jingles & AO for your beloved boy ~

          Zu Zu Bailey " IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE ! "


            Hugs!!! Sending you well wishes and strength. The good ones are the hardest to let go.
            "Anyone who tries to make brownies without butter should be arrested." Ina Garten


              Where are you located? The air quality is so bad a lot of places now because of the fires in the west. Smoke is now at the east coast and beyond. I wonder if he’s extra sensitive to that and you are somewhere you don’t usually have to deal with it?


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                Originally posted by IPEsq View Post
                Where are you located? The air quality is so bad a lot of places now because of the fires in the west. Smoke is now at the east coast and beyond. I wonder if he’s extra sensitive to that and you are somewhere you don’t usually have to deal with it?
                on the east coast - unfortunately his condition isn't related to air quality.


                  Heaves..? Can you try keeping him out of a stall with some MSM for a few days and see if the condition gets better? Maybe start wetting his hay?

                  Did vet pull blood?

                  ((hugs and jingles))
                  AETERNUM VALE, INVICTUS - 7/10/2012


                    Original Poster

                    Originally posted by beowulf View Post
                    Heaves..? Can you try keeping him out of a stall with some MSM for a few days and see if the condition gets better? Maybe start wetting his hay?

                    Did vet pull blood?

                    ((hugs and jingles))
                    Pulled blood - all negative. Vet sent a sample up to Cornell for Tropnin? as that would confirm some heart issue but that's going to take a few days of course. Poor fellow has melanomas popping up everywhere so I'm 99% sure there's a melanoma internally causing this havoc. I have the name of a specialist we can bring in but not sure if I will at this point - as she could possibly confirm our suspicions, but there is really nothing curative if it's his heart.

                    We have a contact that's doing melanoma research so I can send him there for necropsy and research, they would be able to get me some of his cremation remains back which would be nice. Or to heck with research?


                      gottagrey I'm so sorry to hear this.

                      Sending you all the strength and positive healing energy I can muster.

                      Big hugs and don't give up hope for a good outcome!

                      "Some people will never like you because your spirit irritates their demons"


                        gottagrey Sorry to hear your news.
                        But please, consider donating for research.

                        I have donated 2 I lost - 1 mystery, wasting lameness, 1 anaerobic infection - so that others might avoid what I & my sweet horses went through.
                        *friend of bar.ka*RIP all my lovely boys, gone too soon:
                        Steppin' Out 1988-2004
                        Hey Vern! 1982-2009, Cash's Bay Threat 1994-2009
                        Sam(Jaybee Altair) 1994-2015


                          Did the vet notice any murmurs or arrhythmia? They can correlated with an enlarged heart.

                          As far as donating for research, that's a very noble thing to do.
                          I spent a year during my undergrad doing a full cadaver dissection, it inspired me to donate my own body to research when I pass. I was also supposed to go to a weekend course at the Ontario Veterinary College this spring for an equine limb prosection course. It has been postponed indefinitely due to the pandemic.
                          Education and research are so, so important for everyone.


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                            You guys are the best. Unfortunately I'm not able to work out the logistics of getting him to the research facility today, - the person who receives them and is heading up the research doesn't work again until next week and he's much worse today, I don't want have him suffer longer than he needs to.

                            On a sightly better note - who knew there were so many options with animal memorials? I think the cremation place has more options than the funeral home we used for my mom...


                              That is awful. I am so sorry.


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                                Thank you all for you kind words and support. When I went out to the barn today he was clearly in more distress. Since he’s a Irish fellow we shared a Guinness and some of his favorite treats - Doritos. I was so blessed to be his human


                                  ((Hugs)) I'm so sorry for the loss of a special horse.


                                    Oh, I am sorry....hugs


                                      my condolences. It's never easy, even when when it's the right call.
                                      "It's like a Russian nesting doll of train wrecks."--CaitlinandTheBay

                                      ...just settin' on the Group W bench.


                                        Oh, I'm so sorry. I'm glad he had you.